The imaginary world of Veronica Green
I discovered Veronica Green paintings in a lovely stay in her Venice apartment through Airbnb. They bewitched me from the start because they comunicate with the child within us, often forgotten in everyday life.
Her creations are generally double face, they light up by night with a starred sky. The main characters of her artworks are children, fairytales or cartoon characters that seems to be the only ones to know the geography in which they are moving. Each figurative element has its own allegorical function. It may represents a concept or a situation: freedom, strength, motherhood, guilt, glamor, travel, risk. These symbols allow the viewer to find its own way.
What’s your story?
I was born in 1984 in New Zealand to an Italian mother and a father of Polish origin. I now live and work in Venice.
Plenty of your paintings have a night version. Why? Which kind of colour or substance creates this effect?
The night version of my paintings provoke a shift away from the concept of a static object, engaging and transforming to reflect it’s viewer and the light surrounding them. Almost human in a daily sense of time interchanging between the canvas seen by day and the effect of a flick of a switch metaphorphasing into stars, moon and fiery orange platforms.
Yellow and blue phosphorescent paint are used to meticulously create the stars and moon working under UV lights. The orange fluorescent spray paint are swept across or around the border creating a fiery and haunting contrast.
Mysterious, magical and alchemic the night provides us with an association to comfort and relief as the reality of our day drifts away.
You use a superimposition of techniques. Can you explain each one?
The paintings begin with an acrylic wash and then depending on their theme the rest comes to follow.
Silver foil, paper, shellac and little bits of murano glass generally encrust the borders of the paintings creating a nest for the world surrounding the character or central object.
Drips provide a sliding ground or contrast from the structure of stairs or blocks of gold leaf.
Little butterflies are painted on top which are an acknowledgement to the passing of spirit each colour has it’s own meaning.
Gold and silver spray paint gently dance along the canvases to create light and elements of magic.
Paper signs with little sayings help guide the viewer into the world in which the canvas presents
Why did you choose children and fairytales as your subjects?
I use them as some of my subjects to address the importance of imagination as an adult. I believe that as we “grow up” we are forced to be more and more realistic, almost hiding our imaginative thoughts for the fear of being un-proffessional or childish. I love watching people as they read the little signs in my work or recognize a facial gesture or a feeling they can relate to that then leaves them with a smile that gently appears on their face. A breath of unseriousness, a little porthole to escape to, my canvas windows show that windows don’t have to literally show what is beyond a wall but can reflect what is within.
You portray Disney’s Alice quite a lot. Is Alice in Wonderland your favorite fairytale?
Alice is a classic symbol and favourite to most people as I believe it engages in everyones journey, trials and tribulations in life.
At the end of the day nobody know’s what they are doing. They are just trying to do their best to make the most of what they know.
What you treasure the most from your childhood? Do you show it on your art?
The fact that my parents supported and encouraged “make believe” dressing up. I pretended I was a pirate, using sticks and old sheets as the structure of my sailing ship. They showed me little flowers saying that little fairies hid in them, they read me books and they filled everything around me with mystery. I feel extremely fortunate for this encouragement and believe that the strength of that with the balance of fact vs. what we don’t know provide us with excitement.
Who’s your favourite artist?
Bill Hammond. It’s a bit of a hard question, it’s a long list.
Now I’m exhibiting my works in Talk, listen, react at the Rigo Gallery in Verona from 24th September to 24th December, Golden Worlds at Cospace Gallery in Shangai from 30th September to 5th November, Moon Light at FMAP in Milano from 2nd October to 11th November.
Edit by: Donatella Rosetti